San Luis Peak  
Condition Updates  
 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2019-07-25, By: scronz
Info: Started at 6:30am. Reached the summit at 10am. Steams were pretty easy to navigate if you look for places to cross. It is a great easy 14er to do. I'd recommend getting to the 4x4 trailhead to reduce your miles. A few snow areas to cross that can be slippery. We walked around one of them. Great day. Start early, we got rained on on the way down. 
 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2019-07-22, By: sharper100
Info: Trail is in great condition - there are a few brief snow sections to cross, but they all have footsteps worn into them now that make for easy crossing. There is a snow field covering the faint trail down to the Continental Divide Trails. So, you have to maneuver your way around that and down to the CDT. You can see where the trail exits the snow field and connects with the CDT once you are down on the CDT. One snow crossing is a little slick (both going up and coming back), but is short and is fine if you take your time. Brought crampons, but didn't need them. 
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Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2019-07-18, By: ElConrado
Info: Camped at trail head. Started ascent at 0540 finished at 1305. Trail and weather conditions were near perfect with a cold wind on summit. Covered 13.8 miles so I don't think that the mileage on the sign at the trail head is quite accurate. Beetle kill damage near timberline is shocking, will create many trail blockages in years to come. 
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Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2019-07-17, By: S-Parx
Info: I hiked in from Equity Mine. About half a mile before the trailhead/a mile past the mine the road is permanently closed per USFS at the creek crossing. Very little snow on the trail and practically none on the ridge. Some postholing in the later morning on the return. All very manageable with poles (or nothing). I brought an axe and spikes and did not need either. Photo 1 is the closure, photo 2 is looking back at the snowfields from San Luis Pass. The trail cuts through the middle of them but is mostly boot packed down. 
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Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2019-07-16, By: majormajortom
Info: Hiked in from CO trail segment 20 for a few days camping. Segment 20 muddy and wet. South Ridge is holding onto very little snow, avoidable if desired. 
 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2019-07-13, By: bridgettvail
Info: Stream crossings were easy in our Hundai Santa Fe. Of note, the first stream crossing is a bit higher. The second crossing is 2 miles from the trailhead. We started at 4:30 and saw no wildlife but the man ahead of us said he said 3 moose. Very easy to follow trail until reaching the stream crossing. We recommend staying on the north side of the stream and not crossing it. There is a moderately trafficked trail that you can stay on that meets up with the main trail in a short amount of time (note that trail goes through a few clusters of willows). Trail was nearly all dry with 3 patches of snow that were easily crossed in tennis shoes. 
 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2019-07-11, By: jorditacrunch
Info: We were bale to make both creek crossings in our Subaru Crosstrek with no problems. They are flowing fairly high but passable in a moderate clearance vehicle. Mosquitos are out in full force! Bug spray should be an essential - this trail runs alongside both flowing and stagnant water for several miles so the bugs are unavoidable. Trail is near summer conditions! 5 or 6 small snow crossings, we did not use tractions or poles and had no trouble crossing. The snow was firm during our ascent. We descended late (2-3 pm) and the snow was soft and slightly slippery, others have post holed in the past so there were well established foot holds and we did not sink any further than those. Trail is 95% dry. The trail crosses several small creeks but none of them were raging - my wiener dog had no problem crossing any of the streams and she has very low clearance. 
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Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2019-07-07, By: CheaterEater
Info: Road was closed to vehicles at large stream crossing, the crossing was easily done on foot. Some snow in the basins, much of it avoidable with small detours, main ridge had only a few small patches. Poles definitely helped in the snow. Postholing wasn't terrible overall, but there is enough snow that you'll be doing a lot of it. 
 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2019-07-06, By: James2015
Info: Nice day -- road crossings at creeks were pretty good, definitely not raging, but the first crossing might be difficult for a standard passenger car (there was a Prius parked there). I'd recommend skipping the over and back crossing of Stewart Creek on the hike as it was running high and hard to cross -- there's a trail the whole way on the right side, just have to duck through some willows (but the trail is still obvious). Because of the willows closing in you may think you'd better cross but don't, the regular trail soon comes back to the right side. Otherwise, as others have said, a few snowfields but no traction needed (one iffy step on a steep snow embankment that I didn't love but fine otherwise). 
 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2019-07-05, By: Conor J
Info: Parked at the road closure (quarter mile before trailhead). Creek is raging over the road and was too wide to cross, so we bush wacked along the stream looking for crossings. Be careful, as we saw a large bull moose in this area. About 50 percent of the trail is covered in 3-4 feet of snow. You can walk on top in the early am, but if you don't start early enough, you'll be post holing up to about mid thigh the whole way back. Once you hit the main ridge it is free of snow for the most part. Picture shows the snow on the route still. Car to car took about 7 hours, would be WAY less without all the snow. 
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Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2019-07-08, By: bludwig
Info: The trail is very dry, as mentioned in previous reports and snow is hardpacked; no traction required. In the route description, it mentions a creek crossing but I never had to cross the creek. Total trip time: 6 hours. The mosquitoes are out in full force right now but they're fine if you start early. Creek crossings on the drive in were very mellow, I did them in a Honda Civic with no issues. I drove out to Lake City afterwards, on a slightly different road, and popped a tire. Watch for loose rocks on the road. Photo 1 is from the basin and Photo 2 is from the final ridge. 
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Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2019-07-06, By: scbty
Info: Parked before road goes across Willow Creek as it is closed. I don't advise not crossing creek here. We saw and startled a moose in the willows on the east side of the Creek as we did not cross creek initially and bushwhacked. Would be easier to cross and use road. Snow maybe 30-40% in basins. Traction nice in morning when snow is solid, but not necessary. Soft in PM and you will be postholing some. 
 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2019-07-05, By: hydesj
Info: Trail is 90+% snow free with 4 or 5 high snow fields that can be crossed without traction. Poles are useful. Close to summer conditions. 
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Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2019-07-02, By: davisrice4
Info: Mostly summer conditions, creek crossings are very high, but crossable with good balance and attention. There are a few snow fields to cross up high, but nothing worth bringing traction/floatation for. 
 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2019-06-30, By: Hollywood12305
Info: The peak is overall in great condition and the trail above treeline is maybe 80-90% snow free. The snow crossings are easily manageable with poles. I wouldn't consider myself the most stable hiker in the snow and I was able to summit and descent without spikes, though they will make it easier on the descent. 
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Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2019-06-30, By: neilkozak
Info: San Luis Peak, 6/29, northeast ridge route: Only about 3 snow traverses worth mentioning and a couple mildly annoying detours. I left the poles & spikes in the car and didn't regret that decision despite a little postholing. The stream crossings weren't bad, no problem for my 4Runner. There was even a brave soul with a sedan at one of the camping sites near the trailhead,.. not that I would recommend trying that. 
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Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2019-06-30, By: PBR Powered
Info: Snow is in questionable shape, but there is only ~500m total to contend with along the route (so really its not that terrible). I would put traction in the "nice-to-have" category as opposed to the "need-to-have" (I still wore micro-spikes). The snow had .5" of a mash potato consistency layer, and some nice boot pack to help get up the slope. Once hitting the saddle your snow problems are pretty much finished, nothing major to report about the traverse to the summit. Glissading looked promising, but I came down Stewart (where the glissading/views were great) so I will withhold any comments. 
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Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2019-06-27, By: bforrest
Info: Worst 14er experience I've had (39th summit for me). The 4WD road in is fine until a quarter mile before TH. 4Runner got buried in mud and a fellow from Creede had to pull me out with his truck. As for the trail, plenty of snow covering most of it. Route finding is exceptionally difficult and following tracks through the forest proved unfortunate. The ridge is clear and fine. The return trip was more postholing than I ever care to do again in my life. Many choice words were uttered by me throughout the day. 
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Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2019-06-24, By: coloradocrazed
Info: The trail is snow-free until you exit the tree line. You could use snowshoes for the final push to the summit, but snow baskets will suffice. Overall, the mountain has great conditions. 
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Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2019-06-22, By: djacobson
Info: No snow until the basin and not continuous - very minor. Some areas of the trail above 12k were covered in snow but was easily avoidable. We brought snowshoes to the summit but never used them. Some minor post holing but not for any substantial distance. Ridge has snow but nice boot pack. Micro spikes were key. 
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